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North East Devolution Deal


The leaders of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils have agreed in principle to a devolution deal which the Government has confirmed it is 'minded to' approve. 

A devolution deal for the region means unlocking £4.2 billion of investment, over 30 years, and seeing additional powers transferred from Whitehall to local people with better knowledge and experience of our communities.

It is expected to create 24,000 extra jobs, create 70,000 courses to give people the skills to get good jobs and leverage £5.0 billion of private sector investment.

This deal represents a significant opportunity to make a difference to people who live and work in the North East, and could have a hugely positive impact on the big issues that matter to you.

Whether that is new and better paid jobs, more affordable housing or placing ourselves at the forefront of Net Zero revolution, the chance of more decision-making powers and millions of pounds in funding will have a major impact on the North East.

The new authority, which would cover an area which is home to around 2 million people, will have the power to make decisions on areas such as transport, skills, housing, finance and economic development.

The deal includes:

  • An investment fund of £1.4bn, or £48m a year, to support inclusive economic growth and support our regeneration priorities
  • An indicative budget of around £1.8bn, or £60m a year, for adult education and skills - to meet local skills priorities and improve opportunities for residents
  • A £900m package of investment to transform our transport system, with £563m from the City Regional Sustainable Transport Fund, on top of funding already announced for our buses and metro system
  • £69m of investment in housing and regeneration, unlocking sites to bring forward new housing and commercial development

Local leaders have worked together to negotiate an offer which matches their ambition to make a difference for residents, communities and the economy.

The first step was to implement our proposals and to seek your views on them through a public consultation which ran from 26 January to 23 March 2023.

There are documents available on this page for reference if you would like more detail:

  • A Governance Review which considers how functions to promote economic growth and improve transport are managed in the region, concluding that the creation of a new authority would deliver better outcomes
  • The scheme sets out proposals to change the governance arrangements for the area of the seven councils
  • The deal document agreed in principle with government

Sunderland consultation data from our public consultation which ran from 26 January 2023 - 23 March 2023.  Please note this is extracted from the region-wide consultation which asked questions about the wider North East arrangements set out in the scheme, rather than county specific questions, and therefore should be treated as such.  It also does not show the level of institutional support that was received as part of the consultation, which is summarised in the full consultation report.

North East Devolution Consultation Dashboard - Sunderland (PDF) [738KB]

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